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Music Notation Assignment #1

Lesson 2

See my Musecore e-course page for information the context of this assignment.  It may be helpful to watch musescore’s “getting started” videos before doing these assignments.

  1. Download MuseScore if you haven’t already.
  2.  Open Musescore.  Go to “File” and create a new document.
  3.  In the title space type “Notation assignment 1”  Leave the rest blank unless you want to have fun with it.  Click “next”.
  4.  Pick a one-stave instrument.  I chose the bassoon under woodwinds.  Click on the bassoon and then click on the button that says “add” in the center column.  Click “next”.
  5.  You will see key signatures.  Leave it on the “C” default (no sharps or flats) and click next.
  6.  Leave the default time signature at 4/4.  Under the number of measures, type in 15 and click “finish”.
  7.  Type “N” and look in the bottom corner of the file and look for “note entry mode”.  There will be nothing written if you are not in note entry mode.
  8.  Press “7” and see the whole note selected.  Type “C” on the keyboard.  If you chose the bassoon like me, a very high note will appear on the board.  Press ctrl+down twice and the note will be base-C
  9.  Finish the scale by typing “D E F G A B C”
  10.  Press “6” to highlight the half note.  Type “C” then ctrl+down to make another base-C.  Finish the half note note scale by typing ” D E F G A B C”.
  11.  Press “5” to highlight the quarter note.  Type “C” and ctrl+down to make another base-C.  Finish the quarter note note scale by typing ” D E F G A B C”.
  12. At this point we decide that we want more measures.  Use your mouse up in the menus and click on “Add”.  Mouse down to “measures” and click on "append measures" a Type “15” and click “okay”.  (If you click on "insert measures", your measures will be added before the current one and send your measure to the end of the score, so "append" is preferable here.)
  13. Make sure that you are still in Note entry mode.  Select the eighth note by pressing “4” or click on the eighth note with your mouse.  In measure 15, mouse over middle “C” and click to create the note.
  14.  Type “C” and ctrl+down to make another base-C.  Finish the half note note scale by typing ” D E F G A B C”.
  15.  Finish the scale by going down this time.  Type “BAGFEDC”.
  16.  Press “5” to select the quarter note.  Type “C”  Now we need to make the note jump up an octave.  Press ctrl+up to work the magic.  Finish the scale by typing “BAGFEDC”.
  17.   Press “6” to select the half note.  Type “C”  Press ctrl+up and finish the scale by typing “BAGFEDC”.
  18.  Press “7” to select the whole note.  Type “C”  Press ctrl+up and finish the scale by typing “BAGFEDC”.

This finishes your note-entry portion of the assignment.  Optional advanced step for formatting:

See the palettes on the left and click on the drop-down menu on“Breaks and spacers”.  Select the first picture and drag it to the end of your first scale, the middle C, and let go.  This should make the half notes go to the next line.  If you let go in the wrong place, click ctrl+Z to undo it and try again.  Repeat at the end of the half note scales and eighth note scales to make the formatting look more pretty.

Your finished assignment should look something like this.
 Notation assignment1.pdf

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